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Yearning for the excitement and good hunting of the pk Wild West, two mountain men and an old Indian scout dejectedly roam the prairie; an aging Calamity Jane composes brooding letters to her daughter; a madam closes her bordello to run a respectable hotel, symbolically ending the era. According to PW , "McMurtry's genius with language always enchants, but this tale's charm is muffled by sadness."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
McMurtry, a prolific mythologizer/demythologizer of the Old West, here takes on Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary, 1852?-1903)--who confesses in a series of letters to being a drunken hell-raiser but never an outlaw--and sundry larger-than-life cohorts. The author's talent for characterizations and storytelling shines as he depicts gritty events and relationships in the life of fur trappers and Indians who, along with Calamity Jane, must resort to performing in Bill Cody's Wild West show in order to survive. They exploit and are exploited by their frontier lifestyle before being defeated by it in the end. A spellbinding saga with a surprise ending. Highly recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/90.
- Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Not one of his better books. A poorly researched mishmash with unbelievable characters.. Too bad. I wanted to like it more than I did.Published 4 months ago by Nisa Donnelly
Larry McCurty is my favorite author of all time! This particular book inspired me to write my own novel about the eight-year-old daughter Calamity Jane abandoned at a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rebecca Willman
This was a very interesting read, I could not put it down. The perspective is interesting and based on historical facts. Read morePublished 9 months ago by KM
I appreciate how Mr. McMurtry expresses how and what his characters are thinking and how they are feeling. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Charles M. Rainer
Gives a good view of the Wild West but I didnt really find it that interesting. The whole time they seemed really overdramatic about everything, and the plot seemed uneventfulPublished 12 months ago by Frances